Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Through the generosity of the local movers and shakers, Maui has a first class cultural center where you can enjoy big name rock concerts, ballets, foreign films, ethnic celebrations, fine art shows and on and on. You’ll find a visual arts gallery, outdoor amphitheater, 300 seat experimental theater, 1,200 seat main theater, rehearsal studios and more. Everybody appears here from the American Ballet Company to the hula. Local theater and dance classes happen here as well. Call the box office (808) 242-7469 or check the Maui News for listings.
Miles from anywhere else, Karen Lei Noland’s Kaukini Gallery is an unexpected and welcome sight. There’s some fine art, jewelry and crafts by local Maui artists as well as Karen’s own work. Definitely worth a stop. (808) 244-3371
Maui Crafts Guild
The Crafts Guild is a special place run by the artists who make the art, hang the shows and man the till. You’ll see some unusual, even extraordinary, pieces on display here. And, the prices are reasonable. 43 Hana Hwy. 579-9697
This gallery is packed to the gills with fine art and crafts created by Maui artists and presented by Panna Spehs who runs sister galleries in Makawao and the Ka’ahumanu Center. An unusual collection and a good place to pick up a fine piece at a reasonable price. 579-9245
These people are serious fish printers. That’s right. Kalani Lickle learned the art in the Orient and has fished Maui’s waters and printed her fish since 1983. The fish is coated with a non-toxic ink and then rice paper or a delicate fabric is pressed upon the specimen. The results are striking and well worth a stop to see.
Hana Coast Gallery
Here on the grounds on the Hotel Hana Maui is an extraordinary concentration of culture and art tended by our friend Patrick Robinson. The Gallery is a regional showcase of original art and handwork. You’ll find paintings, original prints (16th to 20th century), sculpture, fiber, glass, Hawaiian featherwork and turned wood bowls, museum-quality furniture handcrafted from rare Hawaiian woods. You’ll also find that Patrick and his staff are expert guides. (808) 248-8636
Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Coming up Baldwin Avenue from Paia, about a mile before Makawao, you can drive under a rainbow to visit the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center. Local artists and craftsmen have filled the shop with one-of-a-kind paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, cards, even toys at reasonable prices. Enjoy the Baldwin Mansion designed in 1917 by C. W. Dickey for Harry and Ethel. The Center offers classes in basketry, jewelry casting, glass blowing, clay, wood blocks, painting and other media. There’s always an interesting and stimulating exhibit hanging.2841 Baldwin Ave. (808) 572-6560
Developed by local artists to have their own showcase, the Viewpoints Gallery shows a wide selection of island art. The shows change frequently. You may find one of the artists hanging out and willing to talk about their work and the island art scene. 3620 Baldwin 572-5979
Hot Island Glass
Watch hot glass coming out of the furnace and, right before your eyes, turning into a beautiful glass creation. The award-winning Worcester family’s works are on display at Hot Island Glass. 3620 Baldwin 572-4527
Observe the golden touch of the master at David Sacco’s Master Touch Gallery where you may find an exquisite piece of gold and gemstone just right for you. Or perhaps you’ll want to commission one of David’s complex and powerful pieces to reflect your taste and lifestyle. (808) 572-6000
Great shop run by great people. These enterprising women have brought together a very nice selection of art objects, books, prints and paintings. There’s always something that’s just right for that special person on your list at Ola’s. A favorite of island folks for gift buying or just browsing. 3660 Baldwin Ave. 573-1334
Sherri Reeve Gallery
Here’s a friendly place where the colorful paintings of Sherri Reeve are fashioned into prints, cards, tiles, T-shirts and anything else you can imagine. 3669 Baldwin 572-8931
Lahaina seems to have been taken over by underwater fantasy artists, with Wyland and Lassen leading the pack, and by galleries selling celebrity art. Prices are as sky high as the rents. Giclee prints with a dab or two by the artist don’t seem like good value, so we look for the few galleries offering quality local artists.
Maui To Go
Run by local printmaker, Joelle C. Perz, this space offers artwork by Hawaii residents only. Colored pencil drawings by John Romaine and finely crafted pieces by John Berg. 505 Front Street.
Lahaina Art Society
Home to the Lahaina Art Society’s two galleries, you’ll find the paintings, pottery and fiber art of some of Maui’s established as well as up and coming artists here. Pick up a gallery map of the 30 plus galleries in town. Drop down to the Old Jail Gallery in the basement of the Courthouse. The cells now house paintings rather than prisoners. On the weekends, members spread their art under the Banyan Tree. The 300 member artists help fund scholarships for high school students and many other good causes. 648 Wharf Street
Art Night Friday 7-10pm
A good time to visit Lahaina galleries is Friday evening. You can sip a glass of wine and talk to whatever artists have shown up.
Over the years, Lyn Shue has built a gallery based on Maui’s finest artists with works in all media. You’ll find favorites of ours, such as George Allen, Pam Andelin, Diana Lehr and Betty Hay Freeland. Three locations, 120 Dickenson, Lahaina Cannery and the Ritz Carlton. (808) 661-4402
Central Maui Museums
Missionary sugar planter Edward Bailey’s 1833 home is filled with Hawaiian treasure. Nice old stone and timber house holds precontact artifacts like dog tooth necklaces, and a lei of tree snail shells. More recent stuff like Duke Kahanamoku’s redwood surfboard. A gallery of Bailey’s 1866 landscapes show a Maui we no longer know. Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2375-A Main St., (808) 244-3326
Hawaii Science Center
Hands on science and a lot of fun for kids and adults. The Center has interactive exhibits , experiences and explorations that open up many ways to understand and appreciate the beauty as well as the science of the Iao Valley. Guided nature walks, too. 875 Iao Valley Road (808) 244-6500
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Through the generosity of the local movers and shakers, Maui has a first class cultural center where you can enjoy big name rock concerts, ballets, foreign films, ethnic celebrations, fine art shows and on and on. Local theater and dance classes happen here as well. Check the Maui News for listings.
A&B Sugar Museum
Maui’s plantation era and sugar industry are documented here in considerable detail. Artifacts, murals, videos about Maui’s geography, climate and sugar industry. Lots of information on the contribution made by the waves of immigrant workers who made it all work. Gift shop. 3957 Hansen Road, Puunene (808) 871-8058
Hana Cultural Center
On the grounds of the old courthouse, the Center has over 200 members who collect and display photographs, shells, quilts and other artifacts. There are over 4,000 items in the archives. Free. (808) 248-8622.
Upcountry Maui Museums
Haleakala Crater Visitor Center
You can learn how it all happened at the Visitor Center’s exhibits and slide shows. Friendly Park rangers will answer all your questions.
Kula Botanical Garden
The Kula Botanical Garden has over 700 tropical plants on display with useful tags to let you know what you’re looking at. You’ll be surprised at how many you’ll spot again as you drive around the island. Upper Kula Road (808) 878-1715
Keiki Petting Zoo
A young girl’s hobby turned into an extraordinary collection of animals that children ( and adults) love to visit with and pet. Call for reservations, (808) 878-2819.
South Maui Museums
Maui Ocean Center
Not to be missed. The Maui Ocean Center is a state-of-the-art aquarium that puts you nose to nose with many of the amazing creatures that inhabit the waters around Maui. You can watch a diver in a cage feed sharks bigger than she is.
Hard to believe the beauty of giant jellyfish pulsing within inches of your face. Or the strangeness of garden eels, the frog fish and shy octopus.Then stroll right through the bottom of a 750,000 gallon tank in an acrylic tunnel, Awesome! There’s also the Ma’alaea Restaurant serving tasty Pacific Rim cuisine and The Gift and Bookstore where you can find a treasured souvenir. 192 Maalaea Road (808) 270-7000
Pacific Whale Foundation
The Pacific Whale Foundation is Maui’s oldest and largest marine research and education organization. They offer whale watching tours guided by marine biologists. Profits from the tours go to help save whales and the oceans. They have a fleet of four state~of-the-art catamarans. On board, you can help researchers collect information about pod locations, behavi ors and configurations and listen to their songs on hydrophones.
Learn more about whales at the Pacific Whale Foundation’s stores and marine resource centers at Ma’alaea Harbor Village and at 143 Dickenson St. in Lahaina. The Foundation sponsors a wide range of educational programs. Don’t miss Whale Week in February. (808) 879-8860.
West Maui Museums
The brig Carthaginian III is a replica of a 19th century square rigger typically used for whaling and hauling missionaries around. Several earlier versions sank but this one’s been around since 1980. A visit features videos, recorded whale songs and a whale boat. (808) 661-8527
Medical missionary Dwight Baldwin built the Baldwin Home in 1834 and lived in it until 1871. Now it’s the center of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation efforts. Stop by to experience what life was like back then. 695 Front Street (808) 661-3262
Hale-Pa’ahao Prison (Stuck in Irons House) is where they kept the bad guys in the 1800’s. This is where blocks from the Old Fort ended up. There’s a spooky wax sailor who’ll talk to you when you visit. Prison Street. (808) 667-1985
Wo Hing Society
Chinese workers, brought here to harvest cane, built the Wo Hing Society social hall as a place to worship and hang out. In the cook house next door, you can sit in the dusk and ponder some of the first movies of Hawai’i shot by Thomas Edison in 1898 and 1903. (808) 661-5553
A carefully crafted replica of an Hawaiian village tucked in the back of the Lahaina Center and well worth seeking out. Many of the tools and plants Hawaiians used.You can learn a lot about how they lived from the nice folks who run this place. Free guided tours weekdays or pick up a map and stroll your own. 900 Front Street (808) 667-9216
The first newspaper published West of the Rockies was printed here in 1834. Hale Pa’i, the printing house, was set up to train Lahainaluna Seminary students in printing and binding dictionaries, Bibles and “Mo’o lelo’ a taste of Hawaiian life and traditions. You’ll find a replica of the original press and examples of early publications including money. (808) 667-7040
The Whalers Village Museum (Whale Center Of The Pacific)
Stuffed with stuff about whaling…ship models, tools, scrimshaw, whatever it took. There is an outdoor exhibit of a 40 foot sperm whale skeleton and whale boat. Open daily. Admission free. 661-5992.